If being on a 12-game winning streak wasn’t enough to celebrate the New Zealand Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis joins the elite group of coaches to knock up 250 games as an NBL coach when his league-leading team face the Adelaide 36ers tonight.
Since taking on the head coaching role at the club for the 2005/06 NBL season, Lemanis has built the team from strugglers to the premier club in the competition, winning the past two NBL Championships.
After serving a seven-year apprenticeship under Ian Stacker at the Townsville Crocodiles, Lemanis got his break with New Zealand, taking the Breakers to their first NBL finals series in the 2007/08 season – just this third in charge of the club.
This proved the catalyst for the club’s move into NBL elite territory, reaching the finals in three of the next four seasons and achieving the ultimate success in the past two campaigns.
Lemanis’ talents have not gone unnoticed, with former Australian Boomers coach Brett Brown selecting Breakers’ top man to serve on his coaching panel for the 2010 FIBA World Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games.
The two-time NBL Championship-winning coach becomes the 15th coach to reach the 250 game milestone and just the fifth to achieve the total with one club.